Here are the “basement” collection of prints I forgot about from this semester.
The fact that textile patterns are transcribed onto rigid copper plates is a comment on the confined expectations of consumer behavior. Something “beautiful” like these patterns may have once been become almost sad within their new home on a copper plate. The second pairing of images were made on linoblocks. The material I carved on, in itself, is synthetic and not very valuable. The I <3 NY symbol and the repetitive shirt folding instructions are familiar to suburbanites and again grossly repetitive. Paired next to the “pretty” and intricate fabric patterns, I hope that the entirety of the collection reflects a confined and rigid attitude towards suburban fashion culture about suburban fashion culture.
These 2 new paintings help to reveal the vanity of suburban girl world. Ironically self-image issues are often mistaken for vanity. The first image is taken from a still from the film Heathers. Heather says to Heather, “Bulimia is so ’87″. I am interested in this violence and the real truth that underlies dark comedy.
This was my first attempt at cutting video and audio.
I created this as an art project. I wanted to comment on the absurdity of fame and popularity and also the violence of girl world.
I used video clips from Heathers, Alice in Wonderland, Wish Upon a Star and Virgin Suicides and music from Radio Dept., Joan Jett and Hole to make this fake movie trailer. Andy Warhol was also quoted in the trailer.
Playing off of my last painting of Kate Moss, I created more images of this “idol worship”. Both in the figures and the way of paint application, I’m using sarcasm to explain the absurdity of looking to others for identity validation. My painting in this style is used as a social commentary- the quickness of the strokes and often unflattering depictions in the images should lower these images to an undesirable place. Depicting this girl culture sarcastically will hopefully lead viewers to consider the negative side of suburbia and the oddness of suburban aspirations.
Kate Moss Seance
Kate Moss as an icon. Linocut Print
How to be Famous, a Guide.
Through great luck and the recognition from wonderful people, I’m excited to announce that I’ve been featured in a couple articles about my work and professional endeavors.
The Wall Street Journal’s Katie Rosman was nice enough to reach out during her process of writing the article “Big Marketers on Campus”. The graphic design poster I made for Stylitics, the NYC company I am an ambassador for, was featured in the article along with my photo. See the online version of the article here. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303816504577321594090033560.html
The art department at Mizzou was nice enough to take notice of this article. I sat down with a faculty member of the department and talk about my life as an artist, graphic designer, fashion intern and ambassador. This is what resulted: http://coas.missouri.edu/news/2012/armstrong.shtml
I feel very grateful for all the positive recognition! :-)!
My newest painting, spawned from a goal to indulge myself, is of a fashion icon who embodies the very idea of indulgence. Kate Moss, a model known for her habits of smoking and drugs and who exudes sex appeal always, seemed to be an interesting topic to add fortification to my current collection. My theme has been about identity in suburbia, often depicted through mass produced fashion. Kate Moss herself seems to be the antithesis of this idea while at the same time, because of her near icon-worship worthy status among girls of the suburbs, upholds the idea of second-hand identity. Girls want to be her though she is clearly a less than ideal role model. This work was meant to comment on the absurdity of identity-envy and also the impossibility of ever fully attaining and claiming it.
Also while in New York I came across a construction zone with destructed Kate posters posted all over it. The repetition and setting was too interesting not to photograph.